It’s more commonly known as the heartland of indie-rock and has also dubiously grabbed the title of the birthplace of punk (Kings Road anyone!) but its pub and nightlife are undeniable. This includes a thriving live scene with the Jazz Cafe and indie rock venue the Dublin Castle within eyeshot of each other. It’s no surprise that pub crawl organisers have been capitalising on this party vibe with an inebriated tour of the best of Camden venues.
The original Camden Pub Crawl begins at Belushi’s while 1 Big Night Out’s Camden Town Pub Crawl kicks off at Bar 55. The crawlers usually hang around until 9pm waiting for latecomers and then head to three other Camden joints – a secret until the night, although the very last will be a queue jump to one of Camden’s most famous.
The benefits of a pub crawl include Happy Hour drinks at each venue as well as the free welcome shots. And for those of you who wish to attend but feel uncomfortable arriving with no companions for the night, the pub crawl teams also have party guides on hand to make sure you mingle.
Whoever your crawl organiser, it is recommend you buy tickets first, with the cheap booze and free shots covered in the price – and of course, the boisterous company of the cream of Camden partygoers and socialites. So if you’ve tried the familiar West End and East End spots and looking for a change of scene, head north to join one of the Camden pub crawls.
Here’s What’s Hot London?’s list of some of the coolest Camden joints that you may or may not end up at on these crawls!
Camden Blues & Jam Club – Fiddlers Elbow, 1 Malden Rd, Belsize Park, London NW5 3HS
The Monarch, 40-42 Chalk Farm Rd, London NW1 8BG
The Camden Assembly, 49 Chalk Farm Rd, London NW1 8AN
The Underworld, 174 Camden High St, London NW1 0NE
Dublin Castle, 94 Parkway, London NW1 7AN
The Jazz Cafe, 5 Parkway, Camden Town, London NW1 7PG
Proud Camden, Camden Market, Chalk Farm Rd, London NW1 8AH
Electric Ballroom, 184 Camden High Street, London NW1 8QP
Lockside Camden, 75-89 Upper Walkway, London NW1 8A